Insight with Beth Ruyak is taking a sabbatical for the month of March to do some behind the scenes renovations. We’ll be back on Tuesday, April 2 with all-new shows. In place of Insight this month we’re airing The Takeaway, a news and cultural show produced by WNYC. Let us know what you think of The Takeaway!
August 21, 2019
The lightning rod of Planned Parenthood and access to abortion could be overshadowing more widespread cuts to programs servicing women's health.
In Louisiana, a 2018 law will go into effect this coming school year, requiring all schools to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in every building.
Telemedicine is allowing psychiatrists to help children in rural and urban areas where there is a lack of mental health professionals.
On Saturday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will head to France for the G7 Summit, a meeting that's likely to highlight growing divides between several of the leaders in attendance.
August 20, 2019
Four hundred years ago this month, the first group of enslaved Africans were forcibly brought by British colonists to what is now the United States.
Sandy Darity breaks down the long term economic consequences of the aftermath of slavery and ties it into the racial wealth gap that we’re seeing today.
Scholar Clint Smith explains why we don’t show the same empathy to those who suffer the consequences of our country’s actions against African Americans even today.
Read the 1619 Project here.
William Darity, who goes by Sandy.
August 19, 2019
While homelessness as a whole has been going down since 2007, in the 2017-2018 years, there was a slight increase in homelessness nationwide.
The rapper’s company will serve as the “entertainment strategist” for the football league, and many are calling into question Jay-Z’s motives.
More than 90 percent of people seeking U.S. visas are waiting in line.
Eric Garner’s death in 2014 helped spark the national movement against police brutality.
Labor leaders are split on how to handle a president who says he supports them but passes policies that don't.
August 16, 2019
A number of Republicans in the House have announced their retirements... and turns out many are in suburban districts, where the GOP’s support has been dwindling. In June, we saw one of the more high-profile Republican retirements when Congresswoman Susan Brooks, who represents Indiana’s 5th congressional district, announced that she would not seek reelection.
In fact, 4 of the 11 retirements are Congressman in Texas. This on top of 5 Texas Republican retirements in 2018 and two districts where Democrats flipped the seat. Could this turn Texas -- a historically red state -- blue, or at least purple?
This week, we break down these Republican retirements.
Brendan Buck is a partner at Seven Letter Communications and the former chief communications advisor and counselor to Speaker Paul Ryan.
Susan Brooks (R), represents Indiana’s 5th congressional district.
Pete Sessions (R), former Congressman from Texas.
Cal Jillson, professor of political science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party.
August 15, 2019
Raids like this can be scaring for many children.
U.S. immigration policy has long been governed by the notion of who deserves to be admitted into the country, and who deserves citizenship.
"Apocalypse Now" continues to shape the way younger generations in the U.S. think about and relate to the Vietnam War. But the film is only concerned with the American side of the story.
Could this be a sign of an upcoming economic crisis?
Ann Kinzle, the owner of two independent toy stores in Chicago, said the tariffs could hurt her business.
Podcast: Wave of Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Expected As New York's Child Victims Act Takes Effect 2019-08-14
August 14, 2019
For the next year, anyone who was sexually abused as a child in New York can sue people and institutions, no matter how long it has been.
Last Thursday, at least seven people were killed in Russia in what appears to have been an explosion involving a nuclear-propelled missile.
The new governor of the island has already canceled one contract to fix the island's power grid.
There’s been a lot of talk in Washington about the high cost of medical care, but one of the biggest sources of surprisingly high bills is from ambulances.
August 13, 2019
Thousands of protesters descended on the international airport in Hong Kong over the weekend and successfully shut the airport down.
Stephen Ross, chairman of the parent company of SoulCycle and Equinox, came under fire last week for throwing a fundraiser for President Trump.
Recent research shows that antibiotics and the food we eat play a huge part in maintaining the bacteria in our gut…and could also play a big role in determining how much we weigh.
Last week, the UN released a report warning of the long term effects of climate change on our food supply.
August 12, 2019
On Saturday morning, guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility discovered the body of Jeffrey Epstein, who has apparently died by suicide.
Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide dominated headlines over the weekend, and his high-profile case is just a part of the much bigger picture of suicides in jails across the country.
In the U.S., white, educated women are more likely to breastfeed and for longer periods. Some reasons for that are deeply rooted in our nation’s history.
The Trump administration labeled the Chinese government a "currency manipulator" following a weakening of its currency.
August 10, 2019
It's been five years since Michael Brown was shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael Brown's death, and the protests that followed, inspired a new generation of activists in and around Ferguson.
Captain Ron Johnson, a veteran of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, led police operations in Ferguson for the weeks and months of protests following Michael Brown's death.
August 9, 2019
Last weekend, there were two mass shootings in the span of 13 hours. In El Paso, 22 were killed in what federal authorities are considering a domestic terrorist attack. And in Dayton, nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire in the city’s Oregon district.
After horrific events like these, there's always questions like "Will lawmakers take action?" and "Will this time be different?" While there has been some small movement in the wake of the Parkland and Las Vegas mass shootings, the issue of gun control is largely at a standstill.
This week, we're revisiting the last time major gun control legislation was signed into law. Twenty-five years ago, Congress passed two major gun control bills, but the votes didn’t line up exactly as you’d expect. The Brady Bill, which was signed in 1993, didn’t go into effect until February 1994, and that was followed by the Assault Weapons Ban later that year.
Plus, we take a look at the complex world of absentee ballots. Last week, a new round of charges were filed against a political operative in North Carolina. He's being investigated for alleged voter fraud related to his handling of absentee ballots during the 2016 and 2018 elections. We also break down another voter fraud scandal in Brooks County, Georgia, from 2010.
Hank Brown (R), former Senator from Colorado
Glen Browder (D), former Congressman from Alabama
German Lopez, senior correspondent at Vox
Professor Barry Burden, director of the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Steve Harrison, political reporter for WFAE
Jon Ward, national political correspondent with Yahoo News
Andra Gillespie, associate professor of political science at Emory University